Labor chief orders release of P5.5M for emergency employment in Mindanao

SECRETARY of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz ordered the release of an initial Php 5.5 million for emergency employment and livelihood for displaced workers in Mindanao.

Malacañang said the bulk of the amount, Php 5 million, will be given for those in Compostela Valley while Php 500,000 is for the Caraga region.

Even as more humanitarian efforts are pouring into areas hardest-hit by the recent calamity, Palace official called on our countrymen to be of service to those affected by Typhoon Pablo and give generously to organizations helping our brethren in the south.

Malacañang also announced the rescue and ongoing medical treatment of three fishermen from capsized boats off the coast of Davao Oriental.

According to a report from Secretary of Transportation and Communications Jun Abaya, the fishermen were rescued by a fishing vessel, Lady Gelaine, yesterday and subsequently fetched by a vessel manned by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) that ferried them to Mati City. Peter Madlasi, Dennis Cudilla, and Rene Maulas are now in the provincial hospital of Davao Oriental.

The three PCG-manned vessels that comprise a search and rescue task force will refuel at Mati City today and continue operations thereafter.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Mindanao Command led by Lieutenant General Jorge Segovia continues to coordinate inland, maritime, and aerial search and rescue operations. They are also helping immensely with the logistics and movement of relief goods.

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